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Countdown to Halloween ~ Caramelized Mushrooms and Roasted Chestnut Soup

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Caramelized Mushroom and Roasted Chestnut soup is one of those things that I absolutely love to make and eat, especially during the Autumn months. Mushrooms and chestnuts are so delicious and meaty flavored and they really satisfy me when I'm craving something a little denser and chewier than a normal vegetable soup . This bewitching blend is so easy to make and it's  wonderfully earthy and fragrant! I think you’re going to love it!

 

I begin with 5 cups of mixed mushrooms and saute them in salted butter with 2 cups of minced onions and shallots until they are almost caramelized. If you can’t find a good mix of mushrooms, you can use Cremini or Bella , but if you can find a great selection of mixed mushrooms you’ll love the different flavors they impart. For an even deeper  flavor, a mixture of fresh and reconstituted dry mushrooms can be absolutely delicious. 

 

Once the mushrooms and onion are gently caramelized, I add about 10 cups of  beef stock to the pot. Then I add a tablespoon of my favorite dried herb/spice blend (sage, thyme, tarragon, lovage,  winter savory, cumin and marjoram) with more shallots, 2 cups of jarred roasted chestnuts and three tablespoons of pesto and let it all simmer for about ten minutes. After that, I take all of the cooked herbs, onions, chestnuts and all but ½ a cup of the mushrooms and put them into my vitamin or blender, give them a quick pulse until they are pureed and then add them back into the pot. A pint of half and half, ½ a cup of Madeira wine,  a quick stir and 10 more minutes of simmering time and it's ready! You may find that you need to add more liquid and this is fine too.

 

I garnish this soup with several of the reserved sliced mushrooms, shredded gruyere, parsley,  sea salt and black pepper, and then serve it with a crusty, toasted, buttered baguette, a simple salad with apples, red onion, vinaigrette and a bit of brie. Maybe a glass of white Bordeaux or a delicious cider too...

Enjoy! 


Countdown to Halloween~ Must be the Season of the Witch

 

Lana Del Rey absolutely slays this Donovan Classic...Enjoy and while you're at it, sing along!

"When I look out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
That is strange
So strange
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch
Mmm-hmm, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch
When I look over my shoulder
What do you think I see?
Some other cat lookin' over
His shoulder at me
And he's strange
Sure is strange
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch, yeah
Beatnicks are out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch
You've got to pick up every stitch
The rabbits runnin' in the ditch
Beatnicks out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
Where'd I go
When I look out my window
What do you think I see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
It's strange
Sure is strange
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch
The rabbits runnin' in the ditch
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch
Where'd I go
Where'd I go"